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Five Inro

EDO PERIOD (17TH - 18TH CENTURY)

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Five Inro
Edo period (17th - 18th century)
The first, four-case, inlaid in silver and silver gilt inset in a black lacquer and sparse nashiji ground, carved and chased with shells and seaweed, the top and bottom cases later decorated in green hiramaki-e with swirling karakusa, the himotoshi inlaid in silver chased with flowers, dense nashiji interiors, fundame rims; the second, a rounded two-case inro, decorated in gold and red hiramaki-e and inlaid in mother-of-pearl on a fundame ground, with kiri, hagi and cherry blossoms, the rim lacquered to imitate pewter; the third, four-case, decorated in gold takamaki-e and kirikane on a brown lacquered ground with yatsude [aralia] and peonies, dense nashiji ground, fundame rims, a manju; the fourth, four-case, decorated in gold takamaki-e on a black lacquered ground with a profusion of chrysanthemums, fundame rims; the fifth, four-case, decorated in gold takamaki-e and inlaid in mother-of-pearl on a kinji ground, with a hawk perched on a pine tree, dense nashiji interior, fundame rims, coral ojime
6.3cm., 6.7cm., 7.6cm., 5.6cm. and 8.3cm. high
Provenance
The first, W. L. Behrens
The second, Messrs. Glendining & Co. Ltd., 13th December, 1923
The fourth, W. L. Behrens
Literature
The first, Henri L. Joly, W. L. Behrens Collection Part II. Lacquer and Inro (London, 1912), pl. LVII, No. 1775
The fourth, ibid., pl. XL, No. 799
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Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.

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